World Bank holds meet with India on Indo-Pak Indus Treaty

NEW DELHI: India today asked the World Bank not to rush in to broker a deal on its dispute with Pakistan over Kishenganga and Ratle project, asserting that the differences can be resolved bilaterally or through a neutral expert.

India’s position was conveyed during a meeting World Bank representative Ian H Solomon held with senior officials of External Affairs and Water Resources ministries.

Solomon is here as part of World Bank’s efforts to break the deadlock between the two neighbours on the Kishenganga and Ratle project which are coming up in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the meeting, the Indian side, led by Joint Secretary in the MEA, Gopal Baglay, gave a presentation on the two projects and insisted that be a neutral expert should look into the issues as objections raised by Pakistan on technical issues, Government sources said.

They said India also maintained that the design of the projects do not violate the Indo-Pak Indus Water Treaty (IWT). Under the IWT, signed by India and Pakistan in 1960, the World Bank has a specific role of dispute resolution between the two countries. (AGENCIES)